As part of the refugee aid provided by voestalpine AG in 2015, the group supports the aid organization Médcins Sans Frontières in implementing several aid programs in war torn areas in the Middle East.
A project report by the aid organization Médcins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders shows which projects and aid measures in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Syria were financed by a donation made by voestalpine in 2015.
Health Care in the Bekaa Valley
Many Syrian refugees seek shelter in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. However, this area offers little to no provision of free, quality healthcare. MSF operates several health centers in the Bekaa Valley, including a maternity center which is supported by voestalpine. In total, MSF was able to carry out over 126,000 general medical examinations in the Bekaa Valley in 2015.
Basic Health Care in Syria
Particularly the conflict in Syria has led to the largest migration flows since the Second World War. MSF operates several hospitals in Syria und supports over 105 Syrian health care centers on both sides of the front. With the help of the voestalpine donation, the aid organization supported the maternity ward in a hospital in the Northeastern province of Al Hasakah in 2015. The team helped with 1,500 births and carried out 393 C-sections.
Emergency Relief in Iraq
Also in 2015, the Iraq conflict caused even more displacement and much hardship within the country. In addition, many Syrian families fled across the border into Iraq. MSF operates emergency aid programs in several different parts of the country. In the refugee camp in Domiz, in which Syrian refugees seek shelter from the war, the teams treated chronic illness and offered reproductive medical treatment as well as psychological care. By the end of the year a total of 1.155 births were supervised here. All this was enabled by the financial aid provided by voestalpine.
Emergency Surgery in Jordan
More than 600,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan, in particular in larger cities. With the help of the donations, the aid program Al Ramtha was supported, where MSF operates a hospital. Here, a total of 1,062 Syrian patients have been treated and more than 800 surgeries carried out since 2013. The funds for the project also enabled medical care in other crisis areas.